Teriyaki Salmon Collars

Many people believe that salmon collars are “fish bones” and just throw them away. The truth is that there is a lot of meat left on the collars nine times out of ten and that meat is just completely wasted. Another benefit of salmon collars is that they are usually very inexpensive. If you go to your local grocery store and ask if they have any salmon collars, in most cases they will, if the are selling fresh salmon steaks, and you will be able to get these collars for a discounted rate—as fish bones. Not only are the salmon collars relatively inexpensive, they are also full of flavor, making them one of my favorite meals. Many people have had salmon collars at sushi joints or other restaurants, yet they believe that it is too complex of a meal to cook at home. I’m here to show you the opposite. Here is an easy recipe to make salmon collars.

Teriyaki Salmon Collars

Serving Information

  • This recipe serves 4 people
  • Preparation time is 3-5 hours
  • Cook time is under 10 minutes
  • The total time to make teriyaki salmon collars is approximately 4 hours and 10 minutes.

What You Will Need To Make Teriyaki Salmon Collars

  • Mirin
  • Sake
  • Soy Sauce
  • Sugar
  • 4 Salmon Collars

How To Make Teriyaki Salmon Collars

Make Your Own Teriyaki Sauce, How You Like It!

If you wish, you can feel free to buy a pre-made sauce at the grocery store. However, if you make your own, you can make it exactly how you want it. The main ingredients are as follows: Mirin, Sake, Soy Sauce, and Sugar. Just start mixing until you come up with the flavor you like. For my teriyaki sauce, I use ¼ cup sugar, 1 ½ cups of soy sauce, ½ cup sake, and 1 tablespoon of Mirin. However, we all have different tastes and likes so make sure to experiment and create a sauce that you can use again and again.

Let the Salmon Collars Marinate

Put the collars in a large Ziploc bag. You have to break them up and but 2 in 2 different bags. Pour in the marinade that you created or that you purchased from the store. Let it sit and marinate for 3 to 5 hours.

Cook the Salmon Collars

When you are ready to cook the salmon and it has had plenty of time to marinate, remove the salmon from the Ziploc bags. Then, put the salmon on the grill. As the fish is cooking, paint the remaining teriyaki sauce on the salmon collars. You can also choose to cook the fish in a frying pan and still adding the teriyaki sauce as it cooks. You will know when the salmon is done cooking when it becomes flakey and cooked through the center. It will only take about 4 minutes on the grill, depending on how much steak is left on the collar.

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4 Healthy and Portable Meals

If your days are constantly packed with appointments, meetings, classes or work, sparing a few minutes to go have something to eat may seem impossible. So does this mean that it's okay to let your rumbling stomach and yawns distract those around you? Absolutely not! This is because; there are quite a number healthy meals that don't require the use of utensils but rather, your hands. Also, their being portable makes it easier for you to have them on the go. Examples of these healthy and portable meals include:

tuna and tomato calzone

Tuna and Tomato Calzone

To make scrumptious tuna and tomato calzone, you only need to simmer some tomato sauce and, add in the canned tuna, cheese and some olives. Then, load this mixture/filing into the pizza dough and bake them till they turn golden. The most amazing thing about this meal is that it's highly nutritious more so because fish/tuna is rich in protein, Vitamins B and a number of amino acids. What's more is that calzones don't have to be refrigerated or heated before consumption. Instead, the only thing you need is a napkin to wipe off any visible mess after enjoying your meal.

Mini Granola Cups with Yogurt and Berries

Whenever you find yourself dying to have some yogurt parfait but end up being restricted by your schedule (you'd need a spoon to eat it as well as have to clean the dirty dishes afterwards), the only other option there is is to make mini granola cups with yogurt and berries. These portable treats are normally made using coconut crust, apple sauce, honey and oats with yogurt and fresh fruit toppings (strawberries and blueberries). Most importantly though is that they are loaded with lots of vitamins and proteins that help in protecting and building one's body.

Caramelized Onion and Spinach Olive Oil Quick Bread

Other than being delicious, this meal is nourishing enough hence perfect to have when one is having a busy and hard day. Having been made using a number of ingredients like spinach, cheese and onions, this bread is more than capable of re-energizing you. It's also very delicious more so if you opt to use olive oil rather than the usual butter. In addition, caramelized onion and spinach olive oil quick bread contains a good amount of monounsaturated fats that play a key role in enabling one maintain healthy cholesterol levels.

Brown Butter and Sausage Quick Bread

Regardless of the time of the day, this bread will always come in handy. Thus, you can have it for breakfast, lunch or dinner. The fact that it's packed with sausages and eggs, which are great sources of protein, means that after having a slice or two, you will keep hunger at bay for the rest of the day. Aside from all this, it contains brown butter which basically enhances its flavor thus making it have a caramel-like taste.

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Easy 30 Minute Recipes

Easy 30 Minute Recipes

 

An easy way to eat healthily and economically is by preparing food at home, but busy schedules can derail even the best of efforts. That’s why it’s important to have a few 30 minute meals in your repertoire so you can serve your family a healthy, quick meal on the most hectic of days.

 

SAUTÉED OR STIR FRIED

Sautéing or stir frying may be the simplest and versatile option for 30 minute meals. Pick a protein: chicken, pork, beef, even beans and cook in a large skillet with a bit of oil (the beans can go into a sauce pan with a little bit of chicken stock or water to soften up). Marinade the meat if you have time, or just season well during the cooking process. When the meat is cooked, remove from the skillet and add a bit more oil if needed to sauté the vegetables.

Any vegetables you have on hand will work, just be sure to cut into uniform pieces and add to the pan according to cooking time, for example onions and carrots before mushrooms, and spinach or kale at the very end just to wilt. Season the vegetables just as you did with the meat.

When the vegetables are tender, add your protein back into the skillet and mix everything together. Serve over rice, quinoa, with a piece of bread, or enjoy alone.

The versatility of this process comes from what you have on hand in terms of ingredients and seasonings, any direction is possible: Asian, Italian, Mexican, or even experimental.

 

QUICK PROTEINS

A key to 30 minute meals is average cooking time, which usually is dependent on the type of protein chosen. Seafood, cooked beans, and smaller pieces of poultry or meat will cook the fastest. Try taking a filet of tilapia, salmon, mackerel, or any other thin filet, place it on a bed of vegetables on a sheet of parchment paper. Season well, fold up the paper then roast in a 400 degree oven for 7-10 minutes depending on the thickness of the fish.

 

STEAM AND ROAST

When it comes to vegetables, steaming and roasting are excellent and quick preparation methods. For steaming, place small pieces of your chosen vegetable in a steamer basket over boiling water and cover. Steam for about 4-6 minutes. A pat of butter, salt and pepper completes the dish, or for a bit of crunch mix 3 tablespoons of bread crumbs in 1 tablespoon of melted butter and sprinkle on top.

Roasting vegetables caramelizes the natural sugars, adding a depth in flavor. Most vegetables can roast in a 450 degree oven for about 20-30 minutes depending on how small you cut them. Simply dice up your chosen vegetable, mix with oil, salt and pepper, and any other seasonings, then spread in a single layer on a sheet pan. A casserole dish can work, however your won’t get as much caramelization due to the higher edges trapping steam.

Halfway through just mix up the vegetables, then let it cool before digging in.

 

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Best Way to Plan a Week Long Set of Meals

Plan a Week Long Set of Meals

Meal planning for a whole week at a time can be overwhelming, but with a little time, effort and energy put in on the front end, you might find it's a lot easier than you anticipated. There are a few things you can engrave into your routine to set yourself up for success when you're planning ahead.

Get Out the Calendar

The most important thing to do when you're shopping for food on a weekly basis is sit down with your calendar ahead of time. Before you ever make a list, make a note of your schedule. You might see that you have 3 nights where you'll be out for dinner, which leaves you with 4 nights to cook at home. How do you do lunches for your family? Will they be eating at school or work? How about breakfast? Once you have a tally of how many meals you'll be responsible for for the week, jot it down on your grocery list to be mindful of as you make your plans.

Set Your Budget, and Shop the Sales

You may be used to shopping on a budget, but if you're not, this is key in meal planning for bigger lumps of time. If the grocery store you go to has weekly specials, it's best to meal plan around what those specials are. For example, if you notice ground beef is on sale, go ahead and plan to buy a couple pounds rather than the ground turkey, which is not on sale. Shopping the sales will get you the most for your money, and will stretch your dollar much further.

Have Some Set Meals, and Then Be Flexible

Don't plan to whip up a fancy dinner where you're following cooking instructions more than once or twice per week. Making lists specifically for certain meals will run up your bill and most of the time, ingredients you purchase are good for one use before you forget about it in your cupboard. Rather, consider spending a large percentage of your budget on meat, a large percentage on produce, and little on other ingredients that you wouldn't use often. During the week, get creative with what you've purchased. Be flexible! You'd be surprised how many different things you can create without a detailed list of ingredients to account for.

Know Your Staples

If you cook regularly, you probably already know what your go-to ingredients are. What are the things you always have in your kitchen? What are the items that, no matter what you're making, you seem to always cook with? Chicken broth? Cumin? Olive oil? Keep a running list of these staples, and utilize them often. Plan your meals around them, since you always have them there.

Don't Be Afraid of Left Overs

If you're cooking 4 nights out of the week, go ahead and plan to make 2 different meals, knowing that you'll have some form of leftovers the night after each one. Get creative with your leftovers and don't feel like you have to have the same meal two nights in a row. Have a plan for the remainder of tonight's meal before you even cook it. Doing that will implement a much needed sense of portion control as well as eliminate any chance of variation from the schedule.

With a little pro-active effort and planning, meal planning for a week at a time can be simple, and can actually save you lots of time and money.

 

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Perfect Sugar Cookies

Sugar Cookie

Sugar cookies are a great family recipe. Kids love cutting them into shapes, and you can easily decorate them for any occasion. With Halloween coming up, you can use a variety of cookie cutters to make festive treats for the family- or let the kids do it. These cookies also hold decorating icing well, so kids can get creative with their designs. Soft and delightfully chewy, this is a tried-and-true sugar cookie recipe that's sure to please.

Ingredients

  • One and a half cups of butter
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla
  • 2 cups of white sugar
  • 5 cups white flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon of salt

Instructions:

  • Mix the butter and sugar together in a bowl until smooth.
  • Add in eggs, vanilla, baking powder, flour, and salt.
  • Refrigerate for an hour (or overnight, if you can).
  • Spread out a floured surface and roll the dough out. This is where the cookie cutters come in. If your kids want to make fun Halloween shapes, ensure that the dough is relatively flat- larger cookies don't bake as well.
  • Bake the cookies at 400 F for six to eight minutes on an ungreased cookie sheet.
  • Let cool for half an hour, and then decorate with icing.

Decorating Ideas

It's a simple recipe, but the magic is that you can decorate these cookies in a variety of ways. You always have the option to use cookie cutters, but you can also create other shapes. If you don't have a cookie cutter, you can create them with cardboard: stencil a design on cardboard, cut it out, and lay it over the dough. Then trace around it with a sharp knife.

Some great shapes for Halloween are pumpkins, witches' hats, bats, ghosts, and black cats. You can find a design on the Internet, print it out, and glue it to a piece of cardboard. Then place the cardboard cut-out over the dough and trace the outline. Gently remove the dough and place it on a baking sheet in your desired pattern or shape.

These cookies are also perfect for decorative icing. Kids love drawing on their sugar cookies, and these work well as a template for your little ones' designs. Get a pack of decorative icing in multiple colors and let the kids' imagination go wild. You don't even need cookie cutters for decorating; a regular sugar cookie, in a round shape, works just as well.

If you're not looking to shape the cookies, they still work well as a classy dessert. You can place them in round balls on the cookie sheet for a perfectly round sugar cookie, then add a little chocolate frosting on top. A sprinkle of sea salt gives them a sweet and salty crunch.

If you're hosting a cocktail party or fancy event, you can dress these cookies up with a little dried fruit on top. Or add some homemade blueberry frosting that gives the cookies a distinct flavor. This versatile recipe ensures that you have a sturdy, delicious cookie that's easy to decorate and design.

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